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Mulholland Dr.
Review written by: Alex Sandell

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Wow.  This film is perfect.  I'm as surprised as you are.  I didn't think I would like this movie.  I skipped the advance screening I had tickets for way back in May of 2001.  Once it was actually released, I avoided going to it time and time again, whenever anybody asked me to come along and give it a try.  I avoided all the praise critics heaped upon it.  I avoided the compliments friends paid it.  Essentially, I avoided anything that might lead me to Mulholland Dr..  Then the Academy nominated David Lynch for best director, and I VERY reluctantly dragged my feet into the sold-out dollar theater to sit through what I thought would be a horrendously bad film.  By the time the movie was over, I was nearly skipping out of the theater like a geek just leaving his eighteenth viewing of The Lord of the Rings!  

Mulholland Dr. is a Rubik's Cube for the mind, and you will be trying to line up the "colors" long after you experience it ("watch" isn't a strong enough word to describe how involving this film is).  So many clues are dropped, but David Lynch leaves it up to you to solve the puzzle.  This is truly a mindbender, and you will not, no matter how hard you try, be able to predict where it will all end.  

The movie is also visually stunning, and the acting performances given by Naomi Watts and Laura Harring were the best of 2001.  There is a surprising amount of humor (one part had the entire audience nearly rolling on the floor) and the film contained a hell of a lot more nail-biting moments of suspense than I would have ever imagined from viewing the ads.  This is Lynch's finest piece of work, and is one of the first movies that I tried desperately to avoid seeing that I'll now be trying desperately to see again.  

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